Austin

* Paul Reed Smith Santana SE

* Fender Stratocaster

* Taylor 610 Custom Acoustic

* Mesa Boogie Strategy 500 Power Amp

* Mesa Boogie Studio Preamp

* Mesa Boogie 4X12 Standard Rectifier Cabinet

* Fender Champ 25 (JJ Electronics 6L6 and 12AX7 tubes) 

    Rooted in the old school sounds of the Beatles and Waylon Jennings, Austin Laszewski grew up listening to the constant sounds of his parents’ record player.  In the fourth grade he was given his first guitar, an acoustic Fender which was chosen because its headstock modeled his dads 1968 Fender Jaguar.  


     Playing along to Waylon Jennings and bands such as Credence Clearwater Revival, and the Hollies slowly shifted Austin into modeling 1970's classic rock like The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin.  Some of Tree of Woe’s music was actually written at an early age while Austin was still in High School.  Then around the year 1998, Austin's cousin introduced him to the most ground breaking sound Austin had heard to date: Days of the New.  Austin then started writing more and more music with his brother Tristan.  Between the years 1999 until 2003 they had written over 45 songs and at the onset of 1999, the brothers formed Tree of Woe.  
Austin has never taken a guitar lesson and likes to describe his style as more intertwined into the creation of melodic rhythms and poetry than scorching lead guitar assaults.  Austin feels that music is his form of Art and the songs Tree of Woe plays represent his life: future, past and present.

Adam

* Vintage Gretsch Kick

* Vintage Gretsch Rack Tom

* Vintage Gretsch Floor Tom,

* "TOP OF THE LINE" Pearl Snare

* Tama Swing-Star Floor Tom,

* Gibraltar Double Bass Pedal

* Sabian Pro Symbols

* Cluster f*** of hardware

 

     Adam grew up in a musical household in which he played the piano since the age of eight.  As he grew older he found himself greatly influenced by the rising Punk Rock and Grunge bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, and Nirvana.  Adam was compelled to learn the drums and by age seventeen he acquired his first drum kit.  With this kit, he and his brother, Sam Rodewald, started up a band named More Than Conquerors.  The band took their home town Wisconsin Rapids by storm, but fizzled as Adam went off to attend college.
 At this point in his life, Adam began to find his greatest influence in Emo and Indie bands such as Thursday, The Juliana Theory, and At the Drive-in.  Fueled by the hardships and pressures of life and the longing to express himself in music, he easily found a home with Tree of Woe.  Adam’s addition to the band helped to form the unique blend of sounds compiled in their music.  
Luke

* Fender Bass

 * Mesa Boogie Strategy 500 Power Amp

 * Mesa Boogie Powerhouse 1000 Cabinet (4X10/1X15 and a high range driver)

 * David Eden Navigator Tube Preamp

     Luke is from somewhere in Asia. We met him when lost our passports in the countryside. He agreed to help us find our lost passports if we snuck him out of the country. Now he "snakes" hardcore bass notes through the clanging of distorted guitars supplimented by rythmic percussion attacks.
Tristan

* Paul Reed Smith McCarty Standard

 * Guild D'armound Starfire Hollowbody Electric

* Godin Solidac

* Seagull S6+Cedar

*Danelectro 12-String Electric

 * 2000 Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier (Retubed by Bob Pletka of Eurotubes with matched sixtet of JJ Electronics 6L6s)

* Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb

* Akai Headrush Echo/Delay/Loop

* Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal

      For Tristan, music was a calling he could not deny.  By age 10 he had  started to be classically trained in piano and has since never looked back.   When Tristan was 14 he started playing his father's beat up guitar.  "The action was so high on that guitar that it made my fingers throb with pain.",   says Tristan.  From then on, Tristan started learning chords from books and 
taught himself to play the guitar mostly by ear.  After writing more than twenty compositions for piano, Tristan started to write for the guitar.  "Writing music for acoustic guitar just seemed to be a natural progression. It was an outlet for the pain I was going through."  Throughout Tristan's mid to late teen years he channeled his emotions through writing songs with his brother Austin.  Together they sculpted an artistic vision that would eventually become realized as Tree of Woe.  "I think of Tree of Woe as something that happened, something that was destined to happen.  I think Tree of Woe started when Austin and I were born, and it came to be as a result of the religious trauma we were going through.  Our vision came into cohesion with Vince and Adam joining the band."